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ashian -- kardashian, chris humphries american could be over by october. >> she could take in almost $18 million on her wedding alone. thanks for watching 9news now. >> i would marry thor $18 million. >> angie goff. >> i would marry mike for $18 million. >> i'm andrea roane. anny hong is in for howard today. she has our weather first. school bus stop forecast. >> i think love is priceless. i'm going to be hopeful. give them the benefit of the doubt. as you're heading out to school, lot of sunshine. there may be areas of isolated showers. really for the most part will be dry. temperatures warming up near mid-80s. a northwesterly wind bringing down the humidity. here's a look at doppler radar. pretty quiet around the area including the district where we do have partly to mostly cloudy conditions. right now, 73 for arlington. here's your highs for today. mid-80s around downtown.
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annapolis lower 80s. culpepper, 85. winchester, 82. here is a look at your traffic with angie. >> hello, everybody. we're following this water main break out in temple hill. the reason why we keep on the yellow light. take you out to brinkley road at fisher road. crews out there are blocking all lanes in both directions. moving over to the other parts of the region, looks like everybody else is checking out ok. a closer look at 95 in virginia shows a slow go from the prince william parkway up to 123 then tapping on the brakes just a bit from 50 over to the capital beltway. let's move it over to 66 headed eastbound right now. no incidents or accidents. but a good amount of volume past the route 50 exit over to 123. as for maryland is concerned, a quick check on the travel times reveals the outer loop is still moving nicely from 95 to 270. we do have volume around new hampshire avenue. southbound 95, no complaints as drivers make their way out of laurel to the beltway. d.c. 295, no delays approaching
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the 11 the street bridge. still ahead, the very latest on the water main break in temple hills coming up at 6:12. mike and andrea, back to you. today, people will be remembering the dream of dr. martin luther king jr. >> a memorial honoring the civil rights leader on the national mall will open to the public. thousands of people are expected. >> with more on the story and what's happening today, we go live to kristin fisher at the memorial. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning. after more than a decade in the making, we're now just hours away from the opening of the martin luther king memorial. the actual dedication isn't until next sunday. keep in mind, tickets to that are already sold out. hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend. so, if you want to beat the crowds and get a special sneak peek, you'll want to do that this week. now, starting today, the memorial is going to officially open to the public at that time 11:00 this morning and it will stay open until 10:00 tonight. after that, it will be open
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between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. tuesday through thursday. no tickets required. you can just come on down. but the memorial will be closed from friday and saturday before the big dedication on sunday. now, let's talk logistics. if you want to come down here this week, do yourself a favor, do not drive. either walk, take the metro. officials recommend getting off at arlington national cemetery and walking over the memorial bridge. you can get off at the smithsonian stop. that station is expected to be very crowded. another option is l'enfant plaza. those three stations are how u.s. park police are recommending that people get to the m.l.k. memorial. now, on sunday only, if you do want to drive, there will be shuttle buses running from rfk stadium to this memorial. if you want to park in the rfk stadium parking lot. but remember, that's only sunday. there is no shuttle service this week. so, it is certainly a little bit confusing. a lot of details and there is
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absolutely no parking around the memorial. you can see where i'm at right now. even for the media, this is about as close as we can get. i know it is still a little bit dark out. m.l.k. memorial is all the way across the tidal basin. so, plan on wearing some comfy shoes because if you're going to come down here, it will be a lot of walking. back to you. thank you, kristin fisher live, not too far from the martin luther king jr. memorial on the national mall. for more information on free shuttles for this weekend's dedication ceremony, go to wusa9.com and while you're there, you can learn more about the design, the construction of memorial, plus learn what it means to different people across the nation. >> in other news this morning, d.c. councilman jack evans is defending himself for spending $135,000 on sports tickets. he claims most tickets have gone to local schools and charities in his ward. evans is a democrat representing ward two. "the washington post" reports the money came from his constituent services fund. that's money used to help residents.
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the post reports each council member has a fund like this and they can mostly can spend the money however they want. fellow councilman tommy wells says new rules may be needed. a 2-year-old boy is critically injured, shot over the weekend, hit by a stray bullet while in his mother's arms. police want to find this man. they call him a person of interest. he's 18-year-old devin angel matos, a local boxer who is a junior olympian three years ago. police are only calling him a person of interest in the shooting saturday night. it happened along bryce peak road in glen arden. police think the bullet was fired during a fight in a parking lot of an apartment complex. it has his parents living in the neighborhood on the edge. >> i have a 4-year-old grandson. i have to keep a close eye on him. i think it is terrible kids can't come out in their own neighborhood to play. >> i have a 5-year-old, a 3- year-old and a 6 month baby. they're not safe. they're not safe in this world.
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at all. >> police have not released the name of the child who was shot. just about 6:06. we're following breaking news. the collapse of the gadhafi regime. rebel forces are still pouring into the capital of tripoli. they're taking control. gadhafi himself unaccounted for at this point. president obama is calling on him to turn himself in. charlie d'agata reports on the celebrations this morning. >> celebrations across libya stretched long into the night after rebels took over tripoli's historic green square. god is great, he says. we're free. they waved opposition flags and shot down symbols of libyan leader moammar gadhafi's power. >> we have gotten rid of that tyrant, she says. for 42 years, we've been forced to be silent. government forces are still
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fighting rebels in parts of the capital. gadhafi's whereabouts are still unknown. in an audio broadcast on state tv, gadhafi dismissed the rebels as rats, insisted he was in tripoli and vowed to fight to the end. but the international criminal court confirmed that rebels had his son safe. both men face charges of crimes against humanity. the 20 mile offensive to the capital began at dawn in zawiya. gadhafi forces collapsed and melted away. libyan soldiers ditched their uniforms and fled. rebels say they plan their assault on tripoli in coordination with nato's bombing campaign in the country. nato says the transition of power in libya must be peaceful. and the country must stay united. in london, charlie d'agata, 9news now. our time is 6:07. jessica doyle is off this week. we're still watching your money.
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that revolution in libya is expected to drive down oil prices. overnight, crude prices fell about $2 a barrel. however, the amount you end up paying for gas won't see a similar drop for months. here are the latest gas price  numbers. in the d.c. metro area, regular grade gas averages $3.58 a gallon. that's down 13 cents in the last month. nationwide, the average is $3.60 a gallon. striking verizon workers will head back to work tonight but they don't have a labor deal. thousands of union workers went on strike august 7th. they're upset over wages, benefits and work rules. both the union and verizon have a framework to get a new contract done. volkswagen is showing off its newest car called the up. 11 freet long and five and a half feet tall, a subcompact that will somehow cram four people in there. vw will officially unveil it next month. it hopes to introduce an electric powered version by
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2013. nice looking up. >> too small. they scare me. >> just a few more minutes really. vacation is down to minutes for thousands of students across the region. it is time to go back to school. >> summer is over for tens of thousands of kids in the district and prince george's county. i'm surae chinn. a live report is straight ahead. anny has the back to school forecast for everyone who will be waiting for a bus today. your weather first when 9news now returns. -dad, why are you getting that? -that's my cereal. is there a prize in there? oh, there's a prize, all right. is it a robot? no. is it a jet plane? nope. is it a dinosaur? [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] inside every box of heart healthy cheerios are those great tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats
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back-to-school. >> time is 6:12 on your monday morning. a lot of kids heading back to school this morning. we have cloudy skies out there. temperatures 76 degrees at this hour. but by noon, warming up into the lower 80s. by 5:00, near mid-80s with lots of sun and breezy. here is a look at your traffic with angie. good morning. >> good morning. water main break in temple hills. we're losing all lanes in both directions. still ahead, more on this and how to get around it in my next timesaver traffic at 6:18. back to you. at 6:12, the former head of the international monetary fund may see the sex assault charges dropped as soon as today. >> this morning, "the associated press" reports prosecutors will drop the case because they doubt the credibility of the accuser. dominique strauss-kahn was arrested in june, accused of attacking a hotel maid. he has denied the charges. >> a concert of remembrance for the 77 people killed in last
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month's violence. it was the worst attack in that country since world war ii. more than 6,000 survivors, victims relatives and first responders attended last night's event in oslo. >> people in the caribbean are stocking up on food and gas in case irene hits. it is now a hurricane and it may take aim at the southeastern united states soon. anny will have the latest in about three minutes. >> summer officially ends this morning for thousands of students and parents in our region. >> the new school year begins this morning in the district and in prince george's county. >> surae chinn is live outside eastern senior high school in northeast washington waiting for the first bell to ring. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it will be a symphony of bells ringing for hundreds of schools here in the district. and in prince george's county. and that means a good reminder between now and then. there will be a lot of buses on the road. you have to watch out for them making their bus stop and thousands of kids will make their way into the school.
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they'll be crossing the streets. be very mindful. a lot of d.c. council members will also be around with residents making sure that  drivers will be taking it slow. meanwhile, on this special day, a lot of prep work has been going on all summer long and last weekend, this past weekend, especially, there were kids, teachers, parents, volunteers, all dealing with the first day of school today on friday, the metropolitan police department held a back to school jamboree in southeast d.c. a lot of fun here. kids were involved with a spelling bee and educational rap contest and free health screenings. students also had a chance to win free school supplies. all of this as kid prepare to hit the books. here at eastern high school, there will be lots going on. we have mayor vincent gray who will be here greeting students. we have secretary of education arne duncan who will also be
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included here in an assembly going on this morning starting at about 8:30. this is a school, by the way, that has turned itself around, improving their grades and helping students graduate and prepare for college. so, a big marquee here and a good landmark for kids to start back to school today. back to you, mike. >> congratulations to them. sounds good. thanks, surae live at southeast washington. >> this is the first wave of the back to school days for the bigger districts. three systems begin next monday. montgomery county and frederick county in maryland plus loudoun county schools in virginia. then on tuesday, september 6th, another big back to school day, students in arlington, alexandria, fairfax county, prince william county, all go back to school the day after labor day. 6:15. as we said, the alarms are going off with people getting up. some of the older kids are already at the bus stop. anny is here with our weather. >> it is a nice way to start the school year on this monday. we saw some big storms go through last night. then a cold front came on
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through. which means for this morning, a mild start out there. we've got some clouds. clouds should be clearing on out. here is a look at your bus stop forecast for this monday. partly to mostly cloudy skies. clouds have started to break up a little bit as of now. it is mild out there. temperatures in the 70s. here is a look at your day planner for the rest of today. lower 80s by noon. by 4:00, mid-80s. notice the northwesterly breeze 10 to 15. gusts 20 to 25. cooling down quickly. some areas could get down into the mid-50s. doppler radar showing us no stormy conditions now. they've all dissipated and now we have cloudy conditions. we can't rule out a slight chance for a lingering shower or an isolated light rain event. right now, you can see it is quiet. doppler radar is picking up no rain. all right, tropical satellite hurricane irene upgraded to a category one. impacting puerto rico. it could be affecting parts of florida and even the mid-
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atlantic possibly later this week and into the weekend. this morning, early morning shower possible. mainly a dry commute for those folks out there. refreshing change though with lots of sunshine for the next couple of days here. and also lower humidity. here's a look at the satellite radar picture. cold front came on through. the big storms. now, the clouds already starting to break up here behind those storms. and also we'll have high pressure in place for the next few days here. and a nice northwesterly breeze. currently, 76 degrees in downtown. 68 in gaithersburg. 64 in winchester. cull pepper in the mid 70s. right now at the airport, dew point in the lower 60s. the winds north-northwest at 15 miles per hour. highs today right around -- maybe even a little bit below. mid-80s for downtown. we should be at 86. pax river, 83. winchester, 83. culpepper, around 86 degrees. all right. here is your next three days. gorgeous today. but breezy.
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lower humidity. tuesday, even cooler. 83 degrees. wednesday, warming up to 87. lots of sun. here is your seven-day forecast. unsettled weather could impact us thursday and friday and then tropical storm irene could really bring -- hurricane irene could bring a lot of rain for us by sunday. here's a look at angie with your traffic. >> thank you, anny. good morning, everyone. happy monday to you. right now, we continue to keep on the yellow light because we're dealing with a water main break out in temple hills, maryland. looks like brinkley road at fisher road, crews are still taking away all lanes of traffic in both directions. so, the way to get around it, use fisher, take that to temple hills road. that's going to get you back on to brinkley. it is a round about way but it is a way around it. so, let's move it over to 270 headed southbound where the slow ride stretches out of urbana from 80 out to 109. we're starting to watch a little bit of the volume build this point at germantown road. back over to the graphics, this time we shift our focus to two roads. 95 and the bw parkway headed
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southbound, notice the green on the screen. drivers are moving at speed. down to the capital beltway. here are your travel times. hello, virginia. 66 if you're traveling eastbound from fairfax to the beltway. a 10 minute drive. we're seeing volume around 234 and 50 to 123. eastbound dulles toll road, no complaints. approaching the toll plaza if you're making your way from the airport. the inner loop is moving nicely from 395 up to the toll road. still ahead, 395, a closer look at it up at 6:25. over to you. next in sports, the redskins are waiting for landry to get better. nationals find yet another wild way to beat the phillies. >> right now, it is time for the question of the morning in case you missed it earlier. here it is. what's believed to be the most common fear affecting 55% of women and 18% of men? is it a, a fear of spiders, b, feerp of snakes or c, rodents. >> our facebook friend robert says a, spiders.
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not a big fan of anything with eight legs and half a dozen eyes or more. tonya says all of the above. my son is quick to tell all of his friends i'm scared of everything, including trees just because of what lives in them. >> join the discussion at facebook.com/wusa9. we'll give you the answer coming up at 6:49. ♪
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nats took the weekend series from the phills. >> d.c. trailed 3-2 in the ninth. two strikes on for ian desmond. boom! fifth home run of the year. over the left field wall there. that tied the game at 4. sent it into extra innings. bottom of the tenth, bases loaded for washington. walked home the winning run. nats top the phillies 5-4 to take the weekend series. >> long night in kansas city for d.c. united. d.c. united falls to kansas city. 1-0. d.c. is a point behind new york in the final playoff spot. >> the redskins are going to spend this week getting ready for the battle of the beltway. they're visiting the baltimore ravens thursday night. we're still waiting to find out when laron landry will be back in action. the safety sprained his achilles tendon friday against the colts. he had hoped to be back on the field sunday.
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but that didn't happen. >> he was doing real well. i think the achilles heel but he tweaked his hamstring. the hamstrings are always day by day. have to wait and see. >> michigan 400 on sunday. kyle busch outlasted jimmie johnson for a green and white checkered flag finish. it is busch's first win ever at michigan and he remains in the lead for the chase for the cup standings. up next, news of amtrak may have exposed other customers to measles. >> a commuter alert for people driving along interstate 66. find out the new thing you'll be seeing on the highway today. >> quick check of traffic. angie? >> thanks, mike. 395 headed northbound slow from duke over to seminary. still ahead, more on the water main break in temple hills and how to get it early on this monday morning. we'll be right back. 
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we're back. this is the place you can always get your weather first. and this is a live look at the tidal basin across the way from the brand new martin luther king jr. memorial. what a gorgeous day for the opening there. 76 degrees right now. >> thanks to our cameraman and
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mother nature for combining to bring us these beautiful shots this morning. i'm andrea roane. >> we're glad you're here. i'm mike hydeck. howard and jessica is off today. good morning, anny. >> we really do have a nice forecast today. it is mild out here. the clouds starting to break up. we're seeing more sunshine. and temperaturewise, it is going to be right around seasonable. warming up into the lower 80s by noon. winds will be out of the northwest at 10 to 15. that's a dry air. we'll see temperatures in the near to mid-80s around 5:00 today with also some gusty conditions. lower humidity. right now, 76 in downtown. 68 in gaithersburg. winchester, you've cooled down to 68 degrees. live doppler 9000 hd is much quieter as we're seeing the storms have moved off to the east. highs for today around mid 80s in downtown. 82 for annapolis. and 86 degrees in culpepper. here's angie with your traffic. >> all right, thank you, anny.
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we continue to keep on that yellow light. halfway through the 6:00 hour, hope you're off to a great monday, everybody. right now, this water main break out in temple hills has brinkley road closed in both directions at fisher road. as a result of this, you're going to want to use fisher. take that over to temple hills road. that will get you back on to brinkley. officials urge you to use caution, be careful if you're headed out that way. they've got quite the set-up out there. taking a closer look at the district drive. let's move it outside first and show you southeast. smooth sailing here at pennsylvania where it meets the southeast southwest freeway. next stop out in southwest. same situation at m street at wisconsin. all is a go right now through georgetown. as far as your trains are concerned, i'm happy to report that metro,vre and mark, all lines running on time. next timesaver traffic at 6:44. back to you. thanks, angie. we're following breaking news, rebels now are in control of
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nearly all of the libyan capital of tripoli. >> rebels ceased nearly the entire city. they control about 95% of it. >> one thing they do not have however is moammar gadhafi. he's still missing and the rebel forces are looking for him. as rebels move into the capital, people across libya are celebrating. top diplomats here in washington aren't so sure what's going to happen next. >> where is gadhafi. we have to find out where is he. and i believe very much in what they're doing. take over today. >> nato will continue its air patrols over libya until all pro gadhafi forces surrender. much more on this at the top of the hour coming up on "the early show." >> it is time to hit the books in bowie and time to meet your new teacher in tinley town. >> classes start today in some of the biggest school districts in our region. summer is over. >> it is time for school buses
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and bells in prince george's county and the district. surae chinn is live in northeast washington with more on the start to school. good morning, surae. >> good morning. you know, there are cheers and celebrations going on among all at the same time, among parents and students. but it is exciting nonetheless. a lot has gone on throughout the summer to prepare for this special day. they've been putting on finishing touches, prepping their classrooms, volunteers have been helping all around the schools. this weekend, there was a back to school get together in southeast. last-minute renovations at bloom high school. volunteer and staff were helping to paint the hallways and getting ready for kids returning to school. d.c. and prince county schools begin today. next week is montgomery county and frederick and fairfax county has a few more weeks starting after labor day. they have a little bit more summer to go but this is a reminder that there will be buses on the roads making their
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stops. lots of kids crossing the street and getting into the schools and hallways, getting back into the routine. andrea? >> all right, surae chinn reporting live in northeast washington this morning. there will be happy faces on those youngsters going back. more than 150,000 students are heading back to school today. d.c. public schools have more than 45,000. in prince george's county, it is about 127,000. next week, montgomery county schools will reopen. more than 144,000 school students go to public schools. biggest, fairfax county with more than 177,000 students. school begins in fairfax county september 6th. 6:34. we have a commuter alert and it is tied to the first day of school. speed camera goes live in prince george's county right near two schools. the goal, keeping children safe as they're walking to school. the camera is at fort washington, maryland. it will be within a half-mile radius of isaac gore dean middle school.
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both are on allentown road. right now, the camera will issue a warning. the fines begin in 30 days. >> vdot will put up travel times on the message boards. one along eastbound 66 past route 28. two signs are going up on westbound 66 as well. it is a two-month pilot program which could be expanded if they think it is a success. anyone who took amtrak last wednesday between philadelphia and northern virginia is asked to make sure their vaccination status for measles is up to date. the virginia health department says a foreign visitor riding amtrak had measles. and that person was on train 171 between philadelphia and washington. symptoms could develop over the next week or so. the massive motorcycle ride to mark the tenth anniversary of 9-11 attacks made its way to new york city over the weekend. it started friday in shanksville, pennsylvania where
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united airlines flight 93 went down. it then came to our region where the bicycle brigade went past the pentagon in arlington. the 2,000 motorcyclists finally made it to their site of the world trade center yesterday. bikers from 33 states took part in the ride. 76 degrees. on our way to a high in the mid- 80s under sunny skies. anny has the complete forecast up next. >> it should be a gorgeous day as the newest memorial on the national mall opens to the public. >> the memorial will open at 11:00 big crowds are expected. what's the best way to get down here? i'll have a live interview with park police coming up. >> now, a check on what's on channel 9 tonight... [ screaming ]
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. welcome back. we are back at 6:41 with your weather first. storms that came through this weekend. sunday afternoon, winds knocked over this tree in northwest washington. this morning, pepco still says they have about 2100 customers without power. bge has 4100. dominion, just a few dozen. that's a big tree. >> dogs going crazy with the thunder and the lightning. it was something else. >> it really was. the good news is that cold front came through as a storm. now leaving us calmer conditions. we'll be storm-free and even cooler. the humidity going down. so, we do get some chaos from doing this with yesterday's crazy weather. it was severe in some locations including the district. today, we're look at nice conditions. here is a look at your bus stop forecast as you're heading out the door. a lot of kids are starting school today. it is a nice, mild start out
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there. no need for heavy coats or sweaters. partly cloudy and mild. temperatures in the 70s. now, tomorrow morning, you may need a jacket. it will be cool. cold in some locations. day planner for the rest of today, mid 70s by 8:00. lower 80s at noon. the winds will be picking up. northwest winds 10 to 15. gusts higher than that. tonight, clear and cooling down. pretty quickly overnight. live doppler 9000 hd, it is pretty quiet out there. in fact, most of the storms have moved off and only a slight chance for maybe an isolated sprinkle. we saw that earlier but now it is quiet. we're looking at hurricane irene now a category one. it will probably lose strength though as it goes through puerto rico and eyeing parts of florida potentially for the latter part of this week. then we could maybe even see some good rains from it. this morning, an early morning shower possible. otherwise, mainly dry commute for you out there. refreshing change. we'll see the sunshine returning for the next couple of days. thanks to high pressure. ridge of high pressure remaining in place through at
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least wednesday or so. the clouds will clear out. currently, it is 73 in arlington around the beltway. 75 in college park. bowie at 73. laytonsville, 67. our dew point, dew points will be our friends for the next couple of days in the lower 60s around town. they'll get down into the 50s in some locations. right now it feels like 76 because of the dew point being in the lower 60s. the winds, breezy, north- northwest at 15 miles per hour. your highs for today, we should be at 86 around town. 85. 82 for annapolis. manassas, 85. leesburg, 82. cumberland in the lower 80s. here is a look at your next three days. breezy but sunny and storm-free today. mid-80s. tuesday, a little cooler looking great, i would say. 83 degrees. notice tomorrow morning, we'll be into the 50s and 60s. maybe still kind of chilly.
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bring out the jackets or light sweater. wednesday, upper 80s under mostly sunny conditions. storm-free through wednesday, thursday and friday. low 90s on thursday. for the weekend, i think irene potentially could bring us a lot of rain as of now, maybe on sunday. here's a look at your morning traffic with angie. good morning. >> good morning, anny. thank you very much. hello, everybody. yellow light stays on. we want to keep you posted on what's going on out in temple hills. crews over on brinkley road keeping all lanes closed off in both directions at fisher road. you're going to want to use fisher over to temple hills to get back on to brinkley. please, please be careful if you're headed thought way. a new accident we confirmed on the east-west highway where it meets grubb road. off to the left. taking away the left lane. let's move it to the maps. outer loop, a slow ride, we'll keep it outside. slow ride from new hampshire avenue to colesville road. no incidents to report.
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in virginia, we're watching 66 and headed eastbound, things already stacking up from route 50 over to nutley. finally, we'll wrap it up with a live look at 395. that crawl, that delay from edsal over to seminary. things will start to slow down crossing the 14th street bridge as well. still ahead, the top traffic stories of this monday morning. that's coming up in my timesaver traffic report at 6:58. back to you. today, the newest memorial on the national mall opens to the public. >> it honors the life and legacy of civil rights leader dr. martin luther king jr. >> it is a way people are remembering the dream. kristin fisher is live on the southside of independence avenue. kristin, good morning and when does the memorial open? >> oh, andrea, it opens in just over five hours at 11:00 this morning. big crowds are expected. not nearly as big as the kind of crowds we'll be seeing this sunday when the actual dedication will be taking place. joining me now, bill with the u.s. parks service. thanks so much for getting up early and being with us.
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>> you're very welcome. good morning. >> bill, let me start by asking you, this is a special sneak peek for the public. why should they be taking advantage of coming down and seeing the memorial now monday, tuesday, wednesday and thursday and not on sunday? >> first and foremost is because it is open. that's the main reason. it is a soft opening that we're starting today, tuesday, wednesday and thursday of this week. beginning times start various different times. 11:00 this morning, 8:00 tomorrow morning. wednesday and thursday at 9:00. each of the four nights it is open until 10:00. all you have to do is come down and see the memorial. we'll have rangers staff to help interpret the memorial. the memorial closes friday and saturday for preparation for sunday. sunday's event, you gotta have a ticket. so, if you don't have a ticket for sunday's event, these four days now are your time to come. >> just to be clear. no ticket necessary monday through thursday. sunday you need a ticket and sunday is gonna be crazy.
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you'll see big crowds in the tidal basin area. what should people be doing? how should they get here? >> take metro. take metro and take metro! understanding, of course, that the closest subway stations are foggy bottom on the orange and the blue line and probably arlington national cemetery on the blue line walking across memorial bridge. certainly, the smithsonian station on the national mall at 12th street is a possibility. but that's a little bit further away. if you're able to be dropped off, so much the better there. is limited parking because this week, we're going to have production trucks loading equipment, bicycle racking, chairs, jumbotrons, you name it will be loaded in all of the rest of this week. so, keep that in mind. we'll have a queue or a line so that people are orderly entering the memorial and exiting the memorial. >> reporter: strictly speaking monday through thursday, any guess as to what would be the best day to come? when people would see the least
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crowds? >> that's hard to say. i would say look at the weather forecast and if there is any rain, you'll have the least number of people coming down. but beyond that, i would say the next four days, my understanding of the weather forecast the next four days including today should be all fine. come on down and see us. >> bill line, thanks for being with us. i'll let you get back to it. you will be a busy man this week. andrea and mike, back to you. kristin fisher live near the martin luther king jr. memorial this morning. you can learn more about the building of the martin luther king jr. memorial plus how to get there! everything you need to know is at wusa9.com. here's a look at when some other washington landmarks were dedicated. the washington monument took half a century to build. it was dedicated february 22nd, 1885. the lincoln memorial is where dr. king delivered his i have a dream speech dedicated february 12, 1914. the jefferson memorial on the southside of the tidal basin
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was dedicated april 13, 1943. franklin dell nor roosevelt didn't want a big memorial. but he got one, dedicated may 2, 1997. a check on the news before you go is next. but first, time to answer our question of the morning. >> what do you think would be believed to be the most common fear that affects 55% of women and 18% of men? the choice is a, fear of spiders. b, snakes. or c, fear of rodents. >> the answer is arachnophobia. the feerp of spiders. here's your united airlines travel forecast for this monday. we start at dulles international. 72 degrees. lots of sunshine. northwest winds at 10 miles per hour. visibility 10 miles. no problems there taking off or landing today. let's do some traveling. we start at chicago's o'hare. lower 80s with lots of sun.
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in denver. 94. mostly sunny conditions. los angeles, highs -- las vegas hot at 107. at l.a.x., lower 70s. don't forget the shades. you'll need your umbrellas for seattle. lower 70s with showers possible. [ mom ] can a little bowl of cereal change your life?
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then we discovered chex cereals. five flavors of chex are gluten-free, including the honey nut flavor, and that's amazing to a mom like me. as a parent you don't want to have to tell your kids "no" all the time. it's nice for me to be able to say "yes" to something that they want to eat. [ male announcer ] chex cereal. five flavors. gluten free. good morning. time now, 6:52 on your monday morning ax lot of kids heading back to school. lots of sunshine out there.
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temperatures warming up into the lower 80s by 1:00. breezy at times. but the good news is winds out of the northwest. it will bring down the humidity and it will feel comfortable. right now, 76 degrees in d.c. 75 in culpepper. and upper 60s for winchester. here's andrea. >> thank you, anny. >> today is monday, august 22nd. here is a check on the news before you go. >> it is back to school today for public school students in the district and prince george's county. u.s. secretary of education arne duncan will visit eastern senior high school to mark the day. >> the new martin luther king jr. memorial on the national mall opens to the public today! the gates open at 11:00. there will be a formal dedication ceremony sunday. president obama will be there. >> and a heads up for all of you late night and early morning drivers. westbound 66 will be closed at the dulles access road from 11:00 tonight until 5:00 tomorrow morning. it is for work on the metro extension just follow the posted detours.
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"the early show" begins in just about six minutes. >> erica hill tells what is coming up at the top of the hour. >> coming up on the early show, moammar gadhafi's regime crumbles. rebels cheering in the street as most of the capital falls under their control. we have the latest for you from libya including a look at what's next for both the country and for gadhafi. plus, more on the story you've been reporting on this morning. an early look for you at the new martin luther king memorial on the national mall and we'll ask harry johnson, ceo of the memorial foundation about the controversy surrounding the sculptor. some folks say the monument doesn't really look like dr. king. those stories and much more coming up on this monday edition of "the early show." mike and andrea, have a great day. >> one more traffic and weather check when 9news now returns. [ man ] did we get anything good?
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flo is a gentle giant. bundle home and auto at progressive.com. one more thing before we go. as we've reported all morning, it is back to school for prince george's county and the district and some kids may be a little nervous or excited about their new clothes and seeing their new friends. what about teachers? do you get excited? >> you've already been at work for a week or so ahead of time getting your classroom ready. i remember trying to get the classroom ready and making it look presentable and welcoming. >> you sort of feel like you're on stage when if he first walk in the door? >> i taught senior high school. you're on stage and then you wanted to be as tall as they are. >> my sister is a teacher at herndon high school. with her, being a cheerleading coach as well, the excitement of the athletics and the return of high school football, a lot of people are getting pumped up. i think there is a sense of excitement. >> have a great day, kids and teachers. anny, what will they be looking at? >> sunny skies.
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temperatures warming up to mid- 80s. beesy at times. northwesterly breeze. it will bring down the humidities. even cooler on tuesday and i think it is a chilly start possibly tuesday morning. may want to -- light sweater or jacket tuesday. there might be stormy by the weekend. remnants of irene in our area. >> we're keeping an eye on the water main break in temple hills. brinkley road closed at fisher road. we're hearing there is a motorcyclist accident right there on the scene. that person broke through a barrier there. please be careful if you're headed this way. 95 heading northbound slow to 123 and approaching newington, 270 below speed from 80 to 109. >> we'll have the latest developments on the uprising in libya plus what comes next for the american hikers convicted of spying in iran. >> anny and myself are back with another update on your traffic and weather in 25 minutes. >> get news, weather and traffic while you're at work by

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